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Keywords:

  • alkynes;
  • click chemistry;
  • high-energy molecules;
  • nitrogen fixation;
  • thermodynamics
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N2, can do: Converting the refractory molecule N2 into synthetic chemicals is thermodynamically preferred when the derivatizing reactant is a “high-energy molecule”, one with a positive enthalpy of formation. Alkynes and allenes are thus targeted for this purpose (see scheme), and a range of likely products are identified, especially those with N[BOND]N bonds, including bipyrroles.